If you enjoy reading, watching plays and discussing the ways in which writers use language, you will love English Literature at A Level. You should be able to write in a clear, controlled way but your teachers will always be on hand to advise and help you with the secrets of writing a Grade A* essay. If you are willing to listen, learn and contribute to our seminar style learning then this is the course for you.
The course is Linear and you will study modern novels, drama and poetry across the ages.
You will study one Shakespeare and one other play in conjunction with a critical anthology on either Comedy or Tragedy. The examination is two hours and fifteen minutes and open book.
Two prose texts, one pre-1900. The examination is one hour and fifteen minutes and is open book.
You will respond to unseen modern poetry as well studying a range of poetry from a selected literary period or poet. The examination is two hours and fifteen minutes and open book.
Non-examination Assessment (Coursework) 20%
Comparative critical essay of 2,500 – 3,000 words on two literary texts.
We expect you to have at least a Grade 6 in English Literature at GCSE but an equally important qualification is a genuine enthusiasm for our subject, and an eagerness to participate whilst listening to others.
You will gain an appreciation of the written word that will sustain you throughout life; an understanding of a range of plays, poetry and novels and an A Level grade in a highly respected subject. An A Level in English Literature will open doors at all universities and a degree in English Literature provides excellent training for careers in the arts, law, education and the media.